Supporting Heart-Healthy Habits with the American Heart Association
By Amy Greene, Senior Vice President, Global Engagement, Herbalife
February 19, 2016
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.1 That’s why American Heart Month in February is so important to public health. This is a great time of year to commit to heart-healthy habits that can potentially add years to your life.
A Group Workout for a Good Cause
To spread the word about the importance of heart health, the American Heart Association recently hosted its annual National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 5. This year in Southern California, Herbalife got involved. At our Torrance offices, an estimated 350 independent Herbalife members and employees got a great cardiovascular workout as part of a group fitness camp led by Herbalife Senior Director of Worldwide Fitness Education Samantha Clayton.
“We are honored to collaborate with the American Heart Association in support of their annual National Wear Red Day®,” said Herbalife Chief Health and Nutrition Officer Dr. John Agwunobi. “Our members across the country join the American Heart Association in the belief that education and a healthy lifestyle can help empower women, and we look forward to promoting the benefits of good nutrition and being active.”
Dr. David Heber, chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board, was also on hand to share healthy lifestyle tips with participants.
And California Assemblymember Mike Gipson, whose district includes Torrance, was in attendance to meet Herbalife members and employees. He presented Herbalife with a certificate of recognition for raising awareness for American Heart Month and for promoting a healthy, active lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise. As a nice bonus, T-shirt sales from the event totaled nearly $5,000 with proceeds being donated to the American Heart Association.
“National Wear Red Day® is about empowering women and their families to live their best life,” said Laura Baker, Business Development Director, American Heart Association, Go Red For Women. “We are thankful to Herbalife for their support in advancing this movement that has already made a difference in the health of women in communities across the country.”
National Wear Red Day® occurs the first Friday of each February and consumers are encouraged to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives.
The Go Red For Women® movement started more than 10 years ago when the American Heart Association learned that more women were dying from heart disease than men. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.
How to Improve Your Heart Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are some small steps men and women can take to support heart health:
- Schedule a visit with your doctor to talk about heart health. Partner with your doctor and health care team to set goals for improving your heart health.
- Add exercise to your daily routine. Start off the month by walking 15 minutes, three times each week. By mid-month, increase your time to 30 minutes, three times each week.
- Increase healthy eating. Cook heart-healthy meals at home at least three times each week and make your favorite recipe lower sodium.
- Take steps to quit smoking. If you currently smoke, quitting can cut your risk for heart disease and stroke.
- Take medication as prescribed. Talk with your doctor about the importance of high blood pressure and cholesterol medications.
The Power of Social Support
Many people trying to make significant changes like losing weight, making better food choices or getting more exercise find it difficult to maintain their motivation and discipline over time. That’s where Herbalife can help. Our members support their customers by helping them personalize a nutrition program that includes Herbalife products to help them reach their goals. But another big part of the support comes in fitness camps, at nutrition clubs, and in other group settings where people can work together as a team to achieve their individual goals. According to the American Psychological Association, “It’s easier to stick with a weight loss plan when you have support, can share tips on diet and exercise and have an exercise buddy.”
Whether you chose to make positive changes on your own or as part of a group, it’s never too late to start working on better heart health.